Armed suspect in custody at University of New Haven

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.

Police are reportedly searching a home in Fairfield in connection with today’s incident. West Haven police reportedly contact police in Fairfield after connecting the home to today’s suspect.

UPDATE: 2:15 p.m.

A suspect was taken into custody Tuesday following a report of a man near the University of New Haven campus with what appeared to be a rifle, the school said.

Click HERE to watch the live report

After the report came in, the university had urged students and staff to stay inside, and several heavily armed police officers responded to the West Haven school. The university said police were still searching buildings Tuesday afternoon and that people should continue to shelter in place.

The university enrolls about 6,400 students. The majority of its 4,600 undergraduates live in university housing.

Several nearby public schools also put out shelter-in-place orders as a precaution.

No further information was immediately available. Messages left with the public affairs office for the university and West Haven police were not immediately returned.

The incident marks the third scare at a Connecticut university in the last month.

Last week, Yale University in neighboring New Haven was locked down for six hours after a man called police and said somebody was coming to shoot up the campus. Police have said that appeared to be a hoax.

Central Connecticut State University was in lockdown for several hours Nov. 4 after reports by witnesses of a masked man carrying a gun or sword. Police arrested a student, David Kyem, who said he had been wearing a ninja-like Halloween costume and meant no harm. He faces charges including breach of peace.

The shelter in place order for Carrigan Middle School has been lifted. 

The University of New Haven and Notre Dame High School in West Haven is still sheltering in place as scene is processed.

Mayor Ed O’Brien tells WFSB that no shots were fired.

A UNH employee reports that police have told employees they can unlock their office doors, but not to leave the building.

A suspect has been taken into custody and a handgun seized at the University of New Haven, according to a public safety source.

Police armed with machine guns had entered Chaplin Hall, a freshmen dorm on the Campbell Avenue side of  at the University of New Haven at about 12:35 p.m.

Reports are that an Asian man with a long gun or rifle was seen near the South Campus,  and that led University of New Haven officials to put the school in lockdown.

The adjoining Notre Dame High School was also placed in lockdown as a precaution, a school official texted.

Read what they’re saying on the scene here.

A UNH employee in South Campus Hall said that she is under her desk and “it’s very quiet and eerie. Everyone is locked in their offices and under desks as instructed by police.”

A person armed with a rifle, believed to be the same suspect,  was also spotted near the ShopRite supermarket  near the south entrance to the university.

The campus remains in lockdown as the campus is searched, officials said. They are reportedly searching vehicles for a shotgun or rifle.

This is the third incident involved a report of a gunman on a college campus in Connecticut. A Central Connecticut State University student wearing his ninja-style costume set off a lockdown last month.

A report of a gunman at Yale turned out to be a hoax.

We’ll have more details as they become available.


Frank Juliano